Twenty-eight members and guests attended the Open Gate Garden Club’s Dec. 7 meeting at the Wessel’s historic home in Lafayette.
The evening began with an in-home holiday flower show with the theme, “Coming Home for Christmas.” There were 51 horticultural entries in eight classes, 15 artistic design entries in four classes and two special exhibits, an invitational featuring “Holiday Floral Trends” by Kroger’s floral designer, Tara Legg, and “Williamsburg Holiday Decorations” by Judy Wessel.
An additional Class — Tree Ornament — made with natural materials, was open to all members and guests and served as a gift exchange at the end of the flower show.
Ohio Association of Garden Clubs accredited judge Mary Lee Minor from Bucyrus judged the show while members and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner. After dinner Minor gave oral comments about each entry.
The first-place winners in the horticultural classes were:
Class 1. Broadleaf Evergreen — Velda Hunter
Class 2. Needle Leaf Evergreen — Lexie Burfield
Class 3. Berried Branch — Velda Hunter
Class 4. Dried Flower — Lexie Burfield, Judy Wessel, Velda Hunter and Lexie Burfield
Class 5. Dried Ornamental Grass — Helen Buck.
The first-place winners in the Artistic Designs were:
Class 25. “Welcome Home” — A wreath — Lexie Burfield
Class 26. “A Little Bit of Christmas” — small design — Joy Culler
Class 27. “Holiday Cheer” — Designer’s Choice — Lexie Burfield
Class 28. “Do Not Open Till Christmas” — a wrapped package — Barbara Myers
The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs judge bestowed Best of Show in Horticulture to the Needle Leaf Evergreen specimen exhibited by Lexie Burfield and the Best of Show in the Artistic Design Division was the Wreath, also designed by Burfield.
The evening concluded with a PowerPoint program “Highlights of Flora and Fauna Around the World” presented by Wessel.
One of the club’s projects this year is each month a floral arrangement will be shared in a public place. This month, the beautiful Kroger arrangement was shared the next day with Madison Health for its main reception area.
There is no scheduled meeting in January. To further the club’s interest in trees, birds, flowers and gardens, the Feb. 1 meeting will be held at the Central Township Fire Station in Newport at 1 p.m.
The program will feature “Birds of Ohio” with speaker Janet Hannel, Clark County Master Gardener. A horticultural presentation on “Growing, Showing, Judging and Sharing Celosia” will be presented by Helen Buck. Barbara Myers will share information and an example of an “Underwater Design” and Judy Wessel will have a “Backyard Habitat” table top exhibit on display. Guests are welcome.
An Open Gate Garden Club floral arrangement designed by Joy Culler will be in some public place during the month of February.
For additional information contact the president at 740-852-1422.
Judy Wessel, club president, submitted the article.